Welcome to the official website of the Beachy Head Countryside & Visitor Centre


We are located close to the cliff tops at over 500 feet (150m) above sea level.


Beachy Head with its' inconic, dramatic white chalk cliffs is the 'eastern gateway' to the South Downs National Park, and it is from here that the famous South Downs Way stretches the entire 99 miles (159km) length of the Park to Winchester in Hampshire.


The South Downs National Park is the 10th National Park to be designated in England, providing an area of protected countryside that everyone can visit and enjoy.


We are a registerred charity, run and managed by a team of volunteers known as the Friends of Beachy Head Countryside Centre.


The Countryside & Visitor Centre is wheelchair friendly with full access to the Shop, Downland Experience and Sussex Gallery.



Important Information - Road Works at Beachy Head


Beachy Head Road is temporarily closed for resurfacing between Warren Hill and Beachy Head, the Beachy Head Countryside & Visitor Centre and the Beachy Head pub (Vintage Inns).


Beachy Head, the Beachy Head Countryside & Visitor Center and the Beachy Head Pub ARE STILL OPEN and can be acccessed via East Dean and Birling Gap.


From Eastbourne

Follow directions towards Seaford and Newhaven on the A259.

Turn left at East Dean then follow the road past Birling Gap and the Belle Tout Lighthouse to Beachy Head.

Diversion signs to Beachy Head are also in place.


From Seaford

Follow directions towards Eastbourne on the A259.

Turn right at East Dean then follow the road past Birling Gap and the Belle Tout Lighthouse to Beachy Head.

Diversion signs to Beachy Head are also in place.


We look forward to seeing you!


Beachy Head Countryside & Visitor Centre - Opening Times


Opening Times to October 31st 2016

  • Monday                                                    -  We are open 1pm to 4pm (except Bank/Public Holidays when we open at 10am)
  • Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays   -  We are open 10am to 4pm


Opening Times from November 1st to 27th 2016

  • Saturday and Sunday Only                       -  We are open from 11.30am to 2.30pm


The Center will be closed for the Winter from Monday 28th November 2016 and we will re-open in Spring 2017.

Please check our website for the 2017 season opening times.

We look forward to seeing you then!


       Please note that our opening times might vary in adverse weather conditions.



What's On at Beachy Head?

Saturday 29th October - Beachy Head Marathon

More information click here >  http://www.beachyheadmarathon.co.uk/



Important Safety Information

Informations De Sécurité Importantes
Wichtige Sicherheitsinformationen
Importanti Informazioni Sulla Sicurezza


  • Beachy Head is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, but this is a natural and wild environment meaning that visitors must take great care. Visitors must always stay a safe distance away from the cliff edge which is very unstable.
  • You are strongly advised not to walk the beach between Cow Gap and Birling Gap. Tide changes and regular cliff falls make this walk both difficult and dangerous.


  • Beachy Head est l'un des plus beaux paysages du pays, mais cela est un environnement naturel et sauvage ce qui signifie que les visiteurs doivent prendre grand soin. Les visiteurs doivent toujours rester à une distance sécuritaire du bord de la falaise qui est très instable.
  • Il est fortement conseillé de ne pas marcher sur la plage entre Cow Gap et Birling Gap. Les changements de marée et les chutes régulières de la falaise font de cette promenade à la fois difficile et dangereux


  • Beachy Head ist eine der schönsten Landschaften des Landes, aber das ist eine natürliche und wilde Umgebung bedeutet, dass die Besucher sehr darauf achten muss. Besucher müssen immer einen sicheren Abstand vom Rand der Klippe zu bleiben, die sehr instabil ist.
  • Sie sind stark nicht zu Fuß den Strand zwischen Cow Gap und Birling Gap beraten. Tide Änderungen und regelmäßige Klippe fällt machen diese Wanderung sowohl schwierig als auch gefährlich.


  • Beachy Head è uno dei paesaggi più belli del paese , ma questo è un ambiente naturale e selvaggio che significa che i visitatori devono fare molta attenzione . I visitatori devono sempre rimanere a distanza di sicurezza dal bordo della scogliera , che è molto instabile .
  • Si consiglia vivamente di non camminare sulla spiaggia tra Cow Gap e Birling Gap . i cambiamenti di marea e cadute scogliera regolari rendono questo cammino difficile e pericoloso .

Weather For The Next 7 Days


Click here for the weather forecast from the Met Office covering the next 7 days



Today's Tide Times, Sunrise & Sunset


Click here for Eastbourne tide times, sunrise and sunset times from Magic Seaweed



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